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NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: Where is the world’s most popular Airbnb? The answer might surprise you

This summer, my family and I stayed at an Airbnb home that fronted one of the lakes in Okoboji. It was our first experience with Airbnb, and it was so enjoyable we’re contemplating another trip and booking our lodging through the service, which has been around since August 2008. It’s not surprising then, why an article by the Hustle about the listing that outperforms all others caught my attention. The listing, called Mushroom Dome, can be found in a secluded area in California’s Santa Cruz mountains. According to the Hustle’s Zachary Crockett, the 100-square-foot geodesic structure has hosted more than 5,800 Airbnb guests from all over the world. The Mushroom Dome, writes Crockett, “is the most booked and most wish-listed property on Airbnb’s platform, besting 5.6m other listings, including a house shaped like an elephant, a cave in France, and a 12th-century Scottish castle.” The property’s owner, Katherine “Kitty” Mrache, explained to Crockett why she believes her listing does so well. “To me, it’s important to focus on service, not what I can get out of it,” she said. Mrache greets every guest and helps them feel at home. Her property is more than a place to sleep, she said. “It’s a doorway for people to discover themselves.”

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